* Cải tiến tổng thể
''Cộng đồng xã'' có thể tự ấn định các điều kiện về nhân sự và bổ nhiệm các nhân viên thích hợp. Ngoài ra,
subject to [[ Departments of France| départemental agreement]] it may exercise directly powers and responsibilities in certain social policy areas which are more normally handled at the départemental level.
Subject to these requirements, it is for the communes themselves to determine precisely which competences they will delegate to the ''communauté de communes'': they will do this based on their view of the individual commune's best interests. Once powers and responsibilities have been delegated to the ''communauté de communes'', they shall be exercised collectively through the ''communauté de communes'' and may no longer be exercised independently by individual member communes.
In 2008 there were 2,393 ''communautés de communes'' in France. Of these, roughly 1,000 had been in existence for less than a year. New ''communautés'' are currently being created at a more rapid rate than in the early years. Nevertheless, there are still many rural communes that have not joined one of these groupings.
== ''Communautés de communes'' with more than 60,000 inhabitants ==